Paul and Emma Ainsworth reopen The Mariners Public House this May

The Mariners

Paul and Emma Ainsworth have relaunched The Mariners pub in Rock, Cornwall on Thursday 16th May 2019. The husband and wife duo took over the historic pub from fellow chef, Nathan Outlaw, after five successful years of trading. The 130-cover local, which looks over Cornwall’s Camel Estuary, reopened with a new menu and interiors to match. As ever, Sharp’s Brewery will continue to lead on the beer offering at The Mariners.

The Mariners is open daily, offering a breakfast, cream tea and all-day menu. Food is served across both floors, with the pub’s ground floor for walk-ins only and upstairs available to book. The menus, designed by Paul and joint Head Chefs, Joe Rozier and Tom Dawes focus on British classics while championing the best of local produce.

The all-day menu, available from noon until 9.30pm, offers a wide range of pub favourites which demonstrate Ainsworth’s notable and renowned creative flair. Large plates will include; Battered Cornish haddock with triple cooked chips; Cornish Thornback ray wing with potted shrimp butter; ‘The Dog’s Pollock’ hotdog with pickled cucumber, dill and parmesan and a Goan chicken curry with braised rice, kachumba and homemade naan breads. There is also a blackboard of daily specials, side dishes and a children’s menu available.

Those looking for something lighter can also avail of the delicious small plates, salads and sandwiches including; Cornish rarebit on toast; 1⁄2 pint of crispy king prawns with red chilli and seaweed mayonnaise; Duck liver parfait with Cornish Orchards jelly and grilled toast; Ainsworth’s ‘Croque Monsieur’; Buttermilk chicken with garam masala, chipotle mayonnaise and The Mariners’ Scotch egg.

There is a selection of homemade pies prepared daily such as; Aged beef dripping pudding with a Porthilly oyster and red wine gravy; Cornish ‘Toad in the Hole’ with clotted cream mash potato, Bramley apple and onion gravy as well as a Warm pork pie with piccalilli. The menu’s ‘From the Ox’ section features items cooked over a charcoal barbecue such as; The Mariners’ burger with smoked bacon and Davidstow cheddar and a Cornish cured bacon chop served with soy glazed pineapple and a fried St Ewe’s egg to finish.

At The Mariners, Cornish ingredients are at the forefront, with a ‘500 yards that way’ section giving prominence to neighbouring harbour, Porthilly. On Sundays, a traditional beef roast will be available for lunch with alternative options such as chicken, lamb and pork varying weekly.

The dessert menu has been named ‘& Custard’, a nod to Paul’s nostalgic childhood memories of custard-based puddings. The menu features all-time favourites including; Profiteroles with vanilla custard and dark chocolate sauce; Spotted Dick made with aged beef suet and glazed in verjuice caramel; The Mariners’ trifle with hundreds & thousands and a ‘3 Apples’ pie.

Breakfast options include a range of healthy and more indulgent options such as; Porridge with bananas, raisins and peanut butter; Homemade English muffins with smoked salmon, hollandaise and chives plus their take on a ‘Full Cornish’ fry-up. The Mariners’ ‘Cream Tea’ is be a twist on a classic Cornish afternoon tea with a sweet and savoury option served with either homemade seasonal chutneys or local jams.

At the bar, guests can expect to find a selection of Sharp’s Brewery’s signature draughts including their Doom Bar Amber Ale, Atlantic Cask Pale Ale and Wolf Rock Red IPA. Bottled options will include Aspall Premier Cru Cider, Sea Fury, an alcohol-free Cobra Zero and, for those wanting something a little special, the Camel Valley Pilsner, a local champagne lager also by Sharp’s Brewery. Other speciality beers will include Blue Moon Belgian White; Vedett IPA and La Trappe Trappist Blond. The short international wine list, overseen by the group’s sommelier, Elly Owen comprises 26 bins, with 17 available by the glass from £4.95, and bottles from £19.95. A wide selection of soft drinks and spirits is also available.

The pub’s new interiors have been led by Emma Ainsworth, renowned designer Eve Cullen-Cornes and design company, Concord Interiors, with the aim of creating a warm and welcoming environment. Oak panelling has been introduced to give The Mariners a classic pub feel, as well as new bars on both floors. The ground floor bar features brass rivets and antique lanterns giving a nautical feel to the space while the first-floor bar has been embellished with black and gold granite and antique tiles from Tuscany. The colour palette across both floors features accents of warm reds, coppers, deep blues and greens which are complemented by stunning papered finishes. Bespoke antique lamps and light fittings have been restored to create an intimately lit drinking and dining space.

Chef Proprietor, Paul Ainsworth commented: “Emma and I are so excited to be reopening The Mariners this May. I’m lucky enough to have an amazing team at the helm, including two incredible head chefs, Joe Rozier previously at No.6 and Tom Dawes who has worked at Rojano’s in the Square for the past 7 years. The Mariners has been an institution since the 90’s and I’m so thrilled to be a part of its great history and to continue working with one of the world’s best breweries, Sharp’s. I plan on keeping this Cornish jewel a destination for the local community and holidaymakers alike and look forward to welcoming guests on the 16th May.”

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Opening times: Monday – Sunday

–  Breakfast: 8.30am – 11am
–  Cream Tea: 10am – 4pm
–  Lunch: Noon – 3pm
–  Dinner: 5pm – 9.30pm

About Paul Ainsworth

Southampton-born Paul Ainsworth is the successful chef and businessman behind Paul Ainsworth at No.6, Rojano’s in the Square, and Padstow Townhouse, all located in Padstow, Cornwall. In 2006 Paul became head chef at Padstow’s No.6. Paul and his wife Emma took over the business in 2009 and earned the restaurant a Michelin star four years later. The restaurant has become synonymous with high-quality ingredients served simply, while incorporating playful twists. In 2011, Paul acquired Rojano’s in Padstow, a Mediterranean restaurant opened by Stanley Rojano in 1974. In a nod to Paul’s mentor Gary Rhodes, the restaurant was renamed Rojano’s in the Square in 2011 and serves a traditional, Italian-leaning menu seven days a week. Padstow Townhouse opened in 2015, a six-suite guesthouse in Padstow’s Old Town, realising the couple’s dream of offering their diners somewhere to stay. This June 2019, Paul and Emma will open Mahé, a cookery school and chef’s table in collaboration with long-time friend and colleague John Walton.

About Sharp’s Brewery Ltd

Sharp’s Brewery is a modern brewer based in Rock, Cornwall, and owner of the UK’s number one cask and bottled beer brand, Doom Bar. Sharp’s has grown rapidly to become the largest brewer of cask beer in the South West, doubling staff numbers from 70 employees to 155 in the last seven years. A testament to the quality of each drop of beer, the brewer has a tally of over 90 international brewing awards. Just a few of Sharp’s accolades recently include Sharp’s five medals at the 2018 Drinks Business Awards, five medals at the 2018 International Beer Challenge, two medals at the World Beer Challenge 2018, five medals at the 2017 International Beer Challenge, including GOLD for Wolf Rock, five medals at the World Beer Awards 2017, five medals at the 2017 Beer Awards, the ‘People’s Favourite Cask Ale’ at Inapub’s People Choice Awards 2017, and Best Drink for Doom Bar in the Food Reader Awards 2017.


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